We’ve reached the big 8-0 on the schedule, and there’s officially nothing left to learn about the Toronto Raptors before the postseason starts in eight days.
While the Raptors still await a first round playoff opponent, the Charlotte Hornets sit just outside of the party above them — still with a puncher’s chance at two games back of joining Brooklyn, Miami, Orlando, and Detroit in a battle for the final three playoff spots.
The Hornets are still in that conversation because of the win they got over the Raptors the last time these two teams played, where... you may remember... Jeremy Lamb did this.
Will the Raptors be out for revenge? It’s a convenient narrative, but I get the sense the Raptors are just playing with house money at this point. Six straight wins would be a nice feather in the cap, but we’re ultimately looking more at rest, avoiding injuries, and sorting out those final one or two spots in the playoff rotation.
With that in mind, the Raptors are likely to get OG Anunoby back after missing two games due to concussion symptoms, bolstering a bench that’s turned in some good performances with Anunoby and Norm Powell.
Now let’s look at the game details and get into those comments.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7 PM ET
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Charlotte – Kemba Walker, Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo
Toronto - OG Anunoby (probable - concussion), Patrick McCaw (out - thumb)
Charlotte - Marvin Williams (out - foot), Cody Zeller (out - knee)